Following an interview over the weekend, Shane Watson, and his wife, Lee, have been attacked by some media outlets for their views on iPad usage.
“We were always trying to get our kids into programs, whether it was kinder gym or sessions at the library,” he said.
“It was about getting them out of the house, [which was] very challenging.”
As most parents would know, having the time and resources to engage kids in activities is often hard. However, the 36-year-old has come under scrutiny for his comments relating to parents using screens as a distraction.
“You can really fall into a lazy way of parenting where you go, ‘Oh, well, I’ll just sit on the couch and watch what I want and give the kids an iPad’.”
According to the Department of Health, a child under the age of one should not spend any time watching television or using any electronic devices. This slightly changes between the ages of two and five, where the Department recommends against any usage, but at the maximum, one hour a day.
Shane’s passion for getting kids outside led him to co-found Let’s Activate with his wife, Lee and former Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page. The business is a sports program designed to engage kids in physical activity, mixing it with music, and developing their confidence and coordination along the way.
Lee, a former journalist and now co-owner of Let’s Activate says that she wants her kids to grow up spending their days outdoors like she did.
“Every day we’re at the park [or] the beach having a good time,” she said.